• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 21st August, 2009

Global South

Efforts to improve the healthy development of children are often considered the realm of developed countries. However, there is an increasing amount that rich nations can learn from the Global South, and vice versa.

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 09th November, 2009

North or south, left or right, "soft skills" count

Australians are being told that the quality of life inside their schools is likely to exert a more powerful influence on their children's long-term well being than any other aspect of their lives, just as the UK think tank, Demos, is announcing findings based on a larger UK development study that parenting quality in the early years is the key to "building character". The announcement from the Aus…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Saturday 26th July, 2008

Prevention travels South to learn not to teach

Some of the most innovative, evidence influenced, best evaluated prevention programs are taking place in the Global South. The CHASE project in Tanzania, for example, reviewed here yesterday, is a case in point [see: Making it work is doing it together].So, at a more general level, what might those working to improve children’s well-being in the South have to teach those doing the same in the No…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 23rd July, 2008

Where the children of the South are empowered - there's hope

Most of us feel we could do more to help disadvantaged children in what we now call the "South". We're bombarded with adverts and pledge days on television, all giving the distinct impression that we know how to help - we just need the resources to solve the problem.Here in the North we know what to do. The problems are in the South - and we can solve them. Really?In reality of course, we don't k…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 25th July, 2008

Making it work is doing it together

Telling people what to do is a failed strategy. Better to invest resources in their home communities to enable them to develop an inherent sense of common purpose and to collaborate to find the best solutions to their problems. This principle of “collective efficacy” is at the heart of the work of Harvard Professor of Social Medicine Felton Earls and his colleague Robert Sampson, who discuss t…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 20th August, 2010

North or South it's the same – only different

The experiences of children brought up in Bangladesh, Brazil and Britain differ. The ethnic and cultural backgrounds of Somali and Swedish children are worlds apart. But what constitutes the well-being of children, rich or poor, in the North or the Global South, is marked more by similarity than difference.We know this from good measurement. In this year’s Journal of Child Psychology and Psychia…

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